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Tiger’s cheating was no secret, Alfredsson says


Tiger Woods’ cheating was no secret to other golfers, Swedish LPGA star Helen Alfredsson said on Wednesday, while Golf Digest announced it was putting the 14-time major winner’s advice column on ice.

Alfredsson became the first professional golfer to say she had heard stories about Woods cheating on his Swedish wife Elin, the New York Daily News reported, citing her interview with Swedish television station TV4.

“I heard it last summer during the British Open,” Alfredsson said, describing Woods as “cold” and saying there was “something odd about him” that belied the clean image he enjoyed until the sex scandal erupted four weeks ago.

“In the quietest water swims the ugliest fish,” Alfredsson said.

Woods, a week shy of his 34th birthday, has indefinitely halted his golf career to cope with personal issues in the wake of a media storm that has seen at least 14 women claim affairs with him.

Elin Woods has reportedly hired a divorce attorney and was said to be most upset about Woods carrying on one relationship for three years and another while she was pregnant.

Golf Digest said Woods would not write his usual monthly pieces for the magazine during his professional hiatus.

“We respect Tiger’s decision to take a break from professional golf and focus on his family. Tiger’s bylined instruction articles will not be published in Golf Digest during his time away from the game,” the magazine said in a statement.

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